Gum disease can begin with a simple lack of home care, and proceed into dangerous systemic infection. Plaque can spread below the gum line and endanger the underlying bone. Not flossing regularly can increase the odds of this, and when you consider the percentage of dental patients who happily lie to their dentist about how often they floss, gum disease is a rampant and serious health risk.
Luckily, our periodontist in Beverly Hills has a range of treatment options, both surgical and nonsurgical, for every level of periodontal disease. These treatments include:
o Scaling—the dentist removes tartar from hard-to-reach places in the mouth using a scraping tool.
o Root planing—another form of deep cleaning, this method addresses the biofilm that builds up below the gumline, decreasing inflammation
o Antibiotics—your doctor may prescribe you oral rinses or gels to fight infection or inflammation.
o Pocket reduction—loosening of the teeth in the gums may occur when disease is left unmitigated. The dentist will remove bacteria and reseal these vacancies.
o Flap surgery—this involves the dentist peeling back gum tissue to expose the roots to better cleaning.
o Bone grafting—in extreme cases of periodontal disease, bone loss can occur. When this happens, regrowth can be stimulated by adding bits of bone, yours or even a synthetic product.
For more about periodontal disease and treatments, contact our dentist in Beverly Hills.